I know this province very well, or should, because it is where I live. What better way to honor Andalusian day than to introduce one of the most interesting provinces of such an interesting country as Spain, where, in turn, there are not many who know what it offers apart from its coast:
- And it is largely because it has a drawback that overshadows: Capital Malaga is not up to the neighboring capitals in terms of architecture. Although for more than one Malagueño (and more than two and more than three) it’s hard to admit, we can not compete with the magnificent Granada’s Alhambra, Cordova’s Mosque or the global beauty of Seville, but this is being solved; Malaga has passed in recent years to be a city that was not worth visiting for those who had less than two weeks off in Spain to a ¿and why not? thanks to:
- A pleasant and restored historic center, enlarged by the recent Muelle (Pier) 1.
- One of the most complete botanical gardens in the country.
- A Renaissance cathedral next to a Roman theater, an Arab citadel and an Arab castle.
- Almost as many museums as miles of beach.
- A gastronomic offer that does not stop.
- Even the name has been changed to a neighborhood that has been renamed Soho, and there is a giant ferris wheel as in Singapore, London and other cities that think they are cool.
- And a natural park just 5 km from the city, with excellent possibilities for mountain biking.
- So, one thing is to visit, and another thing is to live and enjoy. The coast will not be as beautiful as that of neighboring Cadiz, but it has one of the best climates in the country, with pleasant temperatures for most of the winter. The days around 20ºC in the middle of February are not uncommon and the rains are more and more dispersed. This has led for decades to an incessant beach tourism, much of which has become permanent or semi-annual residents, although, apart from the extreme west of the province, the quality of the beaches is questionable.
- With their soul sold to tourism, the well-known Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Fuengirola will not be exactly scenic, but offer acceptable beaches and everything one might need to have fun on a vacation, as well as an excellent quality of life.
- It does offer good beaches the much quieter town of Nerja (especially famous are its Maro parish), which also has a massive and attractive cave and interesting hiking trails nearby.
- For luxury lovers, Marbella. Why a series of personalities in the mid-twentieth century thought that this municipality was the ninth wonder for beach tourism is something that only they know. The point is that several rich people of the time fell in love with the town, which at that time was just like the rest, who invested heavily in its development. Nowadays Marbella is a famous name in the whole world and synonymous with wealth and national and international celebrities, cache of Hollywood actors or royalty members.
- The white villages are a strong point in Andalusia, and Malaga has some excellent ones, highlighting Ronda with its gigantic bridge, Frigiliana or Casares.
- The Torcal de Antequera is a curious natural place known for the strange and capricious forms that erosion caused, mainly wind. In addition to observing its geology, you can go hiking trails and night visits for stargazing.
- And it is that hiking can be done a lot in one of the most mountainous provinces in Spain. The Sierras de las Nieves, the Serranía de Ronda or the Sierras de Tejeda and Almijara are some of the highest points and with the highest number of paths. The summer routes of Verde and Chillar rivers are very popular, and for the most risky, there are also via ferratas.
- And of course, the attraction that is making known to the world that Malaga exists beyond Torremolinos, Marbella and Antonio Banderas, the Caminito del Rey, a spectacular and newly restored footbridge over a narrow gorge with almost vertical walls.
Malaga is much more than it seems, and as we say here, it is a gift to live here.
CITIES AND TOWNS
- CAPITAL MALAGA
- TORREMOLINOS, BENALMADENA, MARBELLA AND FUENGIROLA
- NERJA AND MARO
- EL CHORRO AND CAMINITO DEL REY
- MOUNTAIN BIKE IN MONTES DE MÁLAGA NATURAL PARK
- TORCAL DE ANTEQUERA
- VIAS FERRATAS
- SIERRA TEJEDA: CLIMB UP MAROMA MOUNTAIN
- SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES
- VERDE AND CHILLAR RIVERS